On Tuesday, the heads of the various intelligence agencies made their annual appearance before the Senate to discuss threats to the nation. The dominant headlines that resulted from this appearance came after FBI Director Christopher Wray didn’t just chip away at the White House story concerning Rob Porter. He flattened it. What should have been an embarrassing but relatively minor incident has turned into an ongoing showcase of misogyny and failed excuses simply because this White House seems incapable of telling the truth on any point, at any time. But the attention given the Porter story threatens to swap the primary topic of the nation’s intelligence briefing—confirmation that Russia not only interfered heavily in the 2016 election, but that they’ve never stopped interfering in our n
In their annual appearance before the Senate, the heads of the nation’s intelligence agencies made it clear that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, is continuing to interfere in American politics now, and intends to interfere more forcefully in the 2018 midterms. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence. But of course, there is one person who doesn’t believe any of this—because he heard it from the best possible source. President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions
As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans in an effort to deepen political divisions, American intelligence chiefs said.